On Monday Swedish prosecutors said hey will reopen a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, at the request of the alleged victim’s lawyer.
“there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape,” Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson said at a news conference in Stockholm.
Swedish prosecutors filed preliminary charges against Assange after he visited the country in 2010. Assange, who has denied the charges, has avoided extradition by seeking refuge in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.
Seven years later, the case of alleged sexual misconduct was dropped when the statute of limitations expired. That left a rape allegation against Assange, which couldn’t be pursued while he was living at the embassy. The statute of limitations on that case expires in August 2020.
The case’s reopening comes just a month after Assange was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Assange was evicted from the embassy in April and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating his bail. The United States has also begun extradition proceedings for Julian Assange’s alleged role in leaking diplomatic and military secrets back in 2010.
This is a developing story.
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